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JAYSLOL

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Online Poker
« on: December 14, 2017, 08:01:43 AM »
I sometimes play poker on PokerStars (play money only, no real money spent or risked) and every 4 hours or so you can add 12,500 chips to your stack for free, so even if you lose everything you can start over in a couple hours (at one of the lower tables anyway).  So i'm always amazed that anyone would purchase play-money chips, but it seems people do because I just saw an ad pop up with their "holiday special prices" for play money chips anywhere from $2.99 up to $499.99!  Who the fuck would spend $500 on chips worth NOTHING!?!?  So i looked it up and apparently theres a whole underground economy of people buying and selling play money chips!  MY BRAIN HURTS!

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Re: Online Poker
« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2017, 08:38:28 AM »
Its the same with video games where you advance your character or your place in the game by spending real money. I'm not a video gamer so that was a surprise option. First comes the game purchase price, then the cost of fast forwarding your game play.

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Re: Online Poker
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2017, 08:57:38 AM »
Its the same with video games where you advance your character or your place in the game by spending real money. I'm not a video gamer so that was a surprise option. First comes the game purchase price, then the cost of fast forwarding your game play.

Yes, video games have gone that way too.  I prefer the old days where you bought a CD with a game on it and got the ENTIRE game without having to pay more to upgrade, or be able to advance at a not-ridiculously-slow rate or have to pay extra to get rid of ads etc.

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Re: Online Poker
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2017, 10:20:26 AM »
So i looked it up and apparently theres a whole underground economy of people buying and selling play money chips!  MY BRAIN HURTS!

Interesting no? See I can understand some of the motivation. I like playing poker and haven't played online in over a decade. For my there's 2 problems.

a. I don't play for free. This is because there's no financial incentive to play well. I've seen people get bored 20 minutes into a tournament and go all-in on nothing.
b. I don't trust the poker sites with money on the line. There are ways for people to cheat with it.

Based on this, it seems that having people for essentially Monopoly money would help reduce both issues for consumers. Now I wouldn't spend my money on this, but I can see why there's a market for it. If nothing else, it can help someone practice playing poker before committing to putting real money on the table.

Its the same with video games where you advance your character or your place in the game by spending real money. I'm not a video gamer so that was a surprise option. First comes the game purchase price, then the cost of fast forwarding your game play.

Yes, video games have gone that way too.  I prefer the old days where you bought a CD with a game on it and got the ENTIRE game without having to pay more to upgrade, or be able to advance at a not-ridiculously-slow rate or have to pay extra to get rid of ads etc.

Agreed! I don't mind the concept of FREEMIUM (free game but limited in what you can do, gotta pay for full access), but I hate the concept that you can buy a game and still not really own it or have to pay a monthly fee to use it. I can't see myself playing any of these games. There's a reason they can charge a monthly fee or have you pay extra to advance faster and that's because the games are designed to be as addictive as crack. Now I don't know about you guys but I don't have the time for a crack habit.

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Re: Online Poker
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2017, 06:40:37 AM »
So i looked it up and apparently theres a whole underground economy of people buying and selling play money chips!  MY BRAIN HURTS!
yes, it's called "bitcoin".

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Re: Online Poker
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2017, 10:06:51 AM »
So i looked it up and apparently theres a whole underground economy of people buying and selling play money chips!  MY BRAIN HURTS!
yes, it's called "bitcoin".

Bitcoin kinds reminds me of the idea of the greater fool.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6HEs6EdxVI